January 15, 2007

2007: A BIG Thank You

First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who have written lovely, encouraging emails over the past couple of weeks of bereavement and all the best wishes for the New Year. I can’t tell you how touched I am. I’m thankful for all my friends “out there”… someday, I hope to meet all of you.

Many of you have asked if my blogging life is over. The answer is “No, it’s not over”.

Life gets in the way sometimes. There are a few things on my plate that I have to deal with on an immediate basis. I will be blogging as soon as my appetite returns.

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December 11, 2006

A Savoury Cake of Saussisse, Ham and Sundried Tomatoes

A savoury cake of saussisse, ham and sun dried tomatoes

I really only believed my uncle JL is gone when I saw my aunt shaking violently with grief at the sight of the casket. That was such a painful sight. I cried buckets and still there are days worth of crying to be done.

Grief is like a heavy blanket that I want to crawl under and turn my back on the world. I don’t have energy for anything. I don’t feel like doing anything. It’s one of the few rare times in my life that I don’t feel like eating either. But I know I must. I can’t fall sick now. I have my family to take care of.

So, I’m hoping that savoury tarts and sweet breads can trick the mind and hopefully, bring my appetite back. I made “un cake à saucisse et tomates sechée”. In French, a cake is pronounced just like cake in English. But it is not the cake that we know. Un cake is like a quick bread and is usually savoury. It is also always made in the form of a rectangular loaf. Un cake is easy to make and you can be inventive with the ingredients once you get the basic dough right.

Ben found a good video showing how to make a cranberry loaf. In the video, you can see the type and size of the baking tin. The method is exactly the same as making this cake. All you really need to do is stir. Try your best to ignore the ninny commentator in the clip… she’s one of those annoying people who keeps talking but says nothing. Otherwise, I thought the clip is well done and the cranberry loaf looks healthy and delicious.

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